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Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen? Normative and empirical considerations

Abstract:
This article is an examination of the issue of whether the age of electoral majority should be lowered to sixteen. We consider and reject several arguments raised by both sides of the voting age debate. The key issue, we claim, is the political maturity of young people. Drawing on empirical data collected in nationally representative surveys, we argue that the weight of such evidence suggests that young people are, to a significant degree, politically less mature than older people, and that the voting age should not be lowered to sixteen.
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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
New College
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Institution:
University of Warwick
Department:
Department of Politics and International Studies
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Political Studies Journal website
Volume:
54
Issue:
3
Pages:
533-558
Publication date:
2006-10-05
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EISSN:
1467-9248
ISSN:
0032-3217
URN:
uuid:5851dc7e-9b7a-4c15-aa38-7aae076f57dd
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ora:3425
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English
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